Vanguard (Lagos)

18 July 2012

Nigeria: Itsekiri Youths Kick Against Planned Fencing of FG's Land At Ode-Itsekiri

Warri — Itsekiri youths under the aegis of Itsekiri National Youths Council, INYC, have rejected the proposal by Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to fence the land that had earlier been donated by Ode-Itsekiri community (Big Warri) for the building of housing units during the period of Chief Ufot Ekaette as the minister in charge.

National President of INYC, Mr. David Tonwe, told Vanguard after a consultative meeting with the leadership of Ode-Itsekiri branch of the youths body, that the plan by the Ministry to fence the land donated by the Olu of Warri for the building of houses, which for no unjustifiable reason, had been diverted to Ijaw community by the Minister was unacceptable and will be resisted.

He said that, the funds budgeted for the proposed fencing should instead be used to build whatever number of houses it can accommodate.

"The ministry should be assured that since the land was donated by the Warri monarch, nobody will temper with an inch of the land, and thus, there should be no need to waist millions of naira for fencing. Such money should be used to build houses. After all, the minister will not be there forever, and Itsekiri may in future be fortunate that a minister, who will live above ethnic consideration in policy execution may come on board."

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